Josh Hart throws shade at Lakers, backtracks

Lonzo Ball‘s brothers, LaMelo and LiAngelo, played in Lithuania.

That led to Josh Hart – whom the Lakers traded with Lonzo to the Pelicans – bashing the Lakers on the LightHarted Podcast.


Lithuania was very depressing. I went there, too, to go visit him. I wouldn’t do it again.

It’s hella gloomy. Nobody smiles. It’s like everybody just hates that they’re there, I’m like, “Damn.” I had to get out of there, bro.”


Sounds like L.A

I’m not talking about the city

I was going to say the Lakers organization.

Under Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, the Lakers had all kinds of problems on and off the court. A couple times, Hart felt the brunt of the Lakers’ issues. He reportedly got blamed for management’s mangled draft process, and he said he learned he got traded on Twitter.

It wouldn’t be even slightly surprising if he thought words like “depressing” and “gloomy” accurately described the Lakers.

The only surprise was him saying it. Most players take the high road publicly when leaving a team, no matter how the really feel.

Hart did just that after his podcast remarks gained attention:


Let’s make this clear. I loved my time in LA and loved my coaches, teammates and training staff. Got nothing but love and respect for the front office

— Josh Hart (@joshhart) September 5, 2019

I played my ass off for the purple and gold. Played hurt and never had an excuse. I’m truly grateful to the Lakers organization and I do understand the NBA is a business. But as a player you just want the courtesy of a phone call saying I got traded and not finding out on Twitter

— Josh Hart (@joshhart) September 5, 2019

Maybe Hart’s issue with the Lakers is limited to only how they handled his exit. It didn’t sound that way on the podcast, but perhaps he didn’t accurately convey how he felt about his time in Los Angeles.

That’s a tough sell, though.

Most likely, Hart made the classic mistake: He told the truth.

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